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Devolution to local government in England

Published Tuesday, April 5, 2016

This note analyses the 'devolution deals' agreed between the Government and many local government areas in England.

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This note summarises the main developments regarding the process of devolution of powers to local government within England since 2014. It covers the devolution deals agreed between the Government and local areas up to July 2016, including the powers to be devolved, the procedures required for devolution to take place, and reactions to the policy from the local government and policy-making worlds.

This note addresses the debate around devolution of power to local government in England only. Local government is a devolved matter in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Library has also published notes on the West Lothian Question; the English Question; English Votes for English Laws; and notes on the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill and on its progress through Parliament.

Commons Briefing papers SN07029

Author: Mark Sandford

Topics: Devolution, Local government

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